United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) is present in Iraq since 2011 being involved in a wide range of initiatives. The UNV Iraq programme includes 19 UN Volunteers – 12 international and 7 national UN Volunteers. They are based in northern Iraq in the Governorates of Erbil, Dohuk, Suleymaniya, as well as in Najaf, Karbala, Baghdad and Basra. More will soon join in southern Iraq.

The central and northern regions of Iraq host nearly 2.5 million internally displaced persons and 245,000 Syrian refugees, with Najaf, Karbala and Basra also sharing the burden of continued waves of displacement from Anbar. UN Volunteers mainly help humanitarian partners such as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) respond to the displacement and refugee crises in Iraq. Six national UN Volunteers work for the UNDP Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP).

UNV in Iraq

UN Volunteers help respond to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq ©UNDP Iraq/2013 more


Volunteering for peace and development

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.

Are you interested to be a United Nations Volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer under the international UN Volunteer Scheme, please follow the instructions from this link.

KRG-funded UNVs

The Government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) has also engaged with the United Nations to support its Vision 2020 through the recruitment of 20 Iraqi youths under the project "United Nations Volunteers Capacity Development and Support to the Kurdistan Regional Government through Volunteerism."

Contact Us

Sumer Sulaiman UNV Programme Associate, Iraq

Paul Wilson UNV Programme Officer